Can cadets who have not passed the PT test still take overnights?

No. Cadets must be physically proficient to take weekends or overnights. See Chapter 5 of The White Book (Section 5-11(C)).

Does the Citadel deny applicants with performance enhancer (steroids) in their drug test?

In order to receive medical/physical approval to enroll at The Citadel, all incoming cadets must submit a completed Medical History and Physical Examination document for evaluation. Anabolic steroids are illegal. Because of this, a student’s admission status can be jeopardized if medical tests show the presence of such substances.

Is it possible for me to attend medical school after graduation from the Citadel (BSN Biology) and then commission into the reserve after? What are my chances of being allowed to attend Medical school (MUSC)

Good question. However, it's difficult to provide specific answers. First, The Citadel is pursuing the possibility of launching a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing program for the Corps of Cadets soon. So, a large portion of your question depends on when that program becomes available. The remaining parts of your question would be based on (1) how competitive you'd be for admission into medical school and (2) meeting the requirements for a military commission. In general, though, graduates of The Citadel routinely gain admission to medical school, and many graduates serve in the Reserve Forces.

Can I join the reserves while at the Citadel? If so, how would the basic training work?

Yes. A number of cadets serve in reserve units. Incoming cadets must complete their basic training in time to be present on The Citadel's Matriculation Day in August. During the school year, cadets who are members of the Reserve Forces of the United States or a state National Guard Unit may be granted Military Duty Leave. See The White Book (Chapter 8, Section I, Paragraph C (3)).

I have been accepted into The Citadel and I would like to know if I can request to be assigned to a specific company, and if so,how would I make the request? My father graduated from The Citadel. Thanks.

Yes, your father can request that you be assigned to the cadet company in which he was a member. This request should be made to the Commandant's Office early in the summer.

What are the vision requirements to be admitted to The Citadel?

For very specific requirements, you may contact The Citadel Infirmary (, but many cadets wear glasses and/or contact lenses.

Can knobs be accepted even if they don't meet height/weight standards at the time of admissions, but lose the weight during knob year?

Incoming cadets must receive medical/physical clearance prior to beginning their knob year.

Does the citadel accept teach grants?

No, The Citadel does not accept TEACH grants. For questions about other grant programs for which Citadel cadets may be eligible, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (843-953-5187 or

Can a student who takes ADHD medication be admitted?

The Citadel may grant waivers for applicants with ADHD who are adequately controlled on their medication if all other medical & physical fitness requirements are met.

Average weighted GPA of In-State Acceptance?

The average GPA for all first-time students who enrolled at The Citadel in August was 3.6.

Can cadets have a Television in their room?

First-class (senior) cadets are authorized to have a television. See chapter 8 of The White Book.

Can First Class cadets have an Xboc in their room

Yes. Chapter 9 of The White Book briefly addresses gaming systems.

When will applications for the Class of 2021 begin? Will Pautz

Applications will be accepted in the early summer of 2016.

Are Apple Laptops ok?

Yes, but Dell computers are recommended, because the college's ITS staff is certified to service Dell machines.

If I am participating in the Pre-Knob visit, what should I bring?

The only things that a student needs bring are a pillow, sleeping bag, and toiletry items. Dress should be casual/comfortable. Four of five days prior to their visit, all students participating in a Pre-Knob will receive an e-mail containing more specific information on how to prepare.

Is there any other options to get accepted by besides retaking the act or sat? I'm trying to go there for fall of 2016 but the next testing dates aren't until January and I'm afraid it will be to late to recieve addmision into the school.

If you're seeking admission for the fall of 2016 and you've been asked to re-take the ACT and/or SAT, you really don't have alternatives for either test. You'll need to make sure you take one or both of them at the earliest opportunity. The incoming class usually does fill up each year, so it wouldn't be wise to wait longer than necessary. The next SAT dates are 11/7 and 12/5. The next ACT dates are 10/24 and 12/12.

Do you send emails if they got accepted?

Admission notifications are sent in writing via U.S. mail.

When will admissions decisions be sent out if you applied in September/October

It really depends on when your admission portfolio becomes complete (scores, transcripts, etc.); however, admission decisions are being sent out daily.

Are cadets allowed to have friends stay with them in the barracks over the weekends?


Do we cut our hair before we get there?

Some students do; others don't. It all likelihood, a new cadet will probably need to still get a haircut after they arrive. This will ensure his/her haircut is fully compliant with cadet regulations.

Will my freshman daughter be aloud to wear make up? Also can cadets wear fit bits or any of the smart watches for fitness monitoring

The Blue Book (p. 23) specifies that only upperclass female cadets are authorized to wear conservative cosmetics/moderate makeup. Regarding watches, The Blue Book authorizes the wearing of a conservative watch (p. 22) but does not specifically address items such as the Fitbit or Apple Watch. In this case, conservative would refer to a characteristic such as color, not necessarily to the type of watch. So, a conservatively-colored smart watch that doesn't attract attention to a cadet would probably be fine.

Are freshman cadets aloud to have jobs

The Blue Book (p. 16) specifies that cadets cannot accept off‑campus employment during the school year. This applies to all cadets, not just freshmen.

Would I still have to go to my old high school and receive a recommendation?

You would have to request an official copy of your final high school transcript.

I am a female who graduated high school in 2014 is there still a chance of being accepted or is it to late to try?

It's not at all too late. The Citadel is accepting applications for the fall of 2016 now.

When will people applying for the class of 2020 hear back? And is there a way to check and make sure admissions has everything they need from me?

Admission decisions should be going out soon. Applicants who are missing information will be notified in writing, but students can always call (800-868-1842) or e-mail ( to inquire if something has been received.


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